PFT looks at the 2010 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
When Floyd Little was selected to the Hall of Fame this year, some Broncos fans tempered their celebrations by asking, “What took so long?”
Little, who retired after the 1975 season, was long considered by Broncos fans (an many impartial observers, too) to be an unjustified Hall of Fame snub. At various times in his career Little led either the AFL or the NFL in rushing attempts, rushing yards, yards per carry, yards per game, yards from scrimmage, yards per punt return, punt return touchdowns and all-purpose yards. Why would a player with those accomplishments have to wait 35 years to be enshrined in Canton?
Some in Denver think the Hall of Fame selection committee has been biased against the Broncos, but Little says he’s content to be enshrined today, and he’s long past any bitterness about how long it took.
“But the time is now for me,” Little says. “This is my time, and I’ve got to accept that as my time, and I can’t be mad about being overlooked because I played for the Broncos my whole career.”
For Little, today’s enshrinement will be worth the wait.